Steele calls on gov’t to take care with cigarette sponsorship
Managing Director of Carreras Limited Marcus Steele is urging the government to consider taking a balanced approach when enacting legislation concerning the cigarette company.
Speaking at an awards scholarship ceremony which saw Carreras disburse $8.1 million in scholarships to 43 tertiary students, Carreras boss Marcus Steele expressed concern about a potential threat against the company’s nation building efforts.
“The Minister of Health has recently stated an intention to introduce comprehensive legislation which will include a ban on all our sponsorships, including this one,” Steele said.
He therefore issued an appeal to the minister and the government to ensure that in contemplating certain legislations, a balanced approach be taken to preserve the company’s right to play its part in nation building.
Steele said the company has demonstrated its commitment to empowering young adults through education by either growing the number of scholarships offered or increasing the value of said scholarships.
The company has increased the number of recipients for the Seek Scholarship, which was introduced last year, awarding three students at the undergraduate level with funding valued at $1 million each.
“We are doing all of this during a time when our organisation is confronting many, many challenges,” Steele told guests gathered at the awards ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus.